Full Day Anakena + Box Lunch Included
Duration: 7,5 hrs aprox Distance: 50 kms aprox Altitude: 155 mts
Recommendations: bring water and clothes for swimming in Anakena beach; ask for towels at the hotel.
Places visited: Anakena beach, Vaihu Ahu in the Hanga Tee south coast, Ahu Akahanga, Rano Raraku, Ahu Tongariki, Ahu Te Pito Kura, Ahu Nau Nau, and Ahu Ature Huki.
Anakena beach: Located at the north with clean and warm turquoise waters, Anakena is the island’s main beach. For many years, its coral sand beds and great luminosity were for the exclusive use of important people and governors. It was a population and political organized center, and the Polynesian expeditions pertaining to the Airiki Hotu Matu’a, the island’s first king, disembarked at Anakena some 1,500 years ago. The Ahu or Moai platforms in this sector had been completely restored. Less than 1 km toward the Poike, is another sand beach. Ovahe is a small beach of volcanic origins located underneath a cliff. Its golden sand is the result of a combination of red coral and white sand, an ideal beach for sunbathing and swimming.
Rano Raraku Volcano and quarry: The Rano Raraku volcano is made up of gray-ochre volcanic tufa, and stands at 100 meters above sea level. It is oval in shape, and on its peak lays a crater with a lake that is 50 meters deep. It is one of the island’s major and most valuable archaeological sites. It has an open quarry that was used for carving the Moai. There are over 400 monuments that were in the process of being carved spread throughout its interior and exterior slopes to various degrees of complexion. Several differences may be observed among them such as, for example, TUKUTURI, the kneeling Moai. Another Moai stands out because of the three-masted sailboat carved on his its chest. Towards the west, Moai in the process of being moved lie scattered along the so-called “The path of the Moai”.
Ahu Akahanga: This Ahu or platform measures 81 meters in length and 3.25 meters wide. Its historical importance is that it was the burial place of King Hotu Matu’a. The platform is decorated with red stones throughout its length and with petroglyphs that have been eroded by time, but which are still.
Te Pito Kura: This Ahu has the largest Moai transported from the Rano Raraku quarry. It measures 11 meters high and weights approximately 80 tons. It is located approximately 26 km northeast of Hanga Roa.
Ahu Vaihu: A semi destroyed temple. The islanders destroyed its eight large statues in times gone by.